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Tuesday, December 9 2003

Bonjour Tristesse (1958)

Draws much of its visual and dramatic effectiveness from Preminger's intelligent use of the screen process of the 1950s, Cinemascope.


Bad Boys II (2003)

In almost every way, Bad Boys II is larger, louder, and longer than the original. It is also more of the same.


Monday, December 8 2003

Various Artists: Blues Story [DVD]

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Jimi Hendrix: Jimi Plays Berkeley [DVD]

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Thursday, December 4 2003

Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) (2003)

With a Grammy, dozens of connections to other media, the best-selling album on the Internet, legions of fans, and a 20-year music career, it's hard to think of TMBG as anything other than gigantic.


Monday, December 1 2003

The Honeymooners: Classic 39 Episodes

Watch an episode of The Honeymooners and you will understand why the 1950s is remembered as the 'Golden Age of Television.'


X2: X-Men United (2003)

At once all powerful and utterly powerless, this involuntary terrorist is the first mutant you meet in X2.


The Out-of-Towners (1970)

The real peril, though -- the one preceding all the others -- is that if you let it, the city can steal your thoughts.


The Mondo Cane Collection (1962-1971) - PopMatters Film Review )

Most everything in The Mondo Cane Collection is unconventional, from subject matter to editing and direction.


The Marrying Kind (1952)

Hollywood did not allow Holliday to display the full range of her talent and intelligence; most of her roles were variants of the 'dumb blonde'.


Millennium Actress (2003)

Memory fuses with fiction and history, and both are subordinated to Chiyoko's overwhelming drive to fulfill a girlhood desire.


Le Cercle Rouge (1970)

It was one of Melville's most commercially successful features, which comes as little surprise considering the pedigree of its stars.


Amateur (1994)

Its strengths lie not in this improbable plot, but in Hartley's challenges to conventions.


Alice in Wonderland (1966)

Trapped by time, engaged in meaningless caucuses until they're utterly spent, the adults here are really just interested in beheading each other.


Monday, November 17 2003

Returner (2002)

Surprise: humans have caused the war after all, and the demonization of the aliens was just a government cover-up.


Once Upon a Time in the West: Special Collector’s Edition (1968)

Sergio Leone never met a portentous entrance he didn't like.


Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003)

'She's really pretty handy with knives and guns, this girl.'"


Home Room (2003)

'School's no place for kids anymore.'"


Growin’ a Beard (2003)

Growin' a Beard, then, invites us to laugh, but not necessarily to think.


A Film Trilogy by Ingmar Bergman (1961-1963)

All three films are concerned with ideas, states of being, and subjective experience.


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